Celebrating strength in diversity,
we nurture spiritual growth, inspire ethical action,
and work for positive change in the world.
What is a Welcoming Congregation?
A congregation that publicly and successfully welcomes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) people has the following qualities:
The History of MUUS as a Welcoming Congregation
Feeling the need to become more responsive to the needs of GLBT people, a group of MUUS members came together as a committee in 1999 to explore the possibility of our congregation becoming a Welcoming Congregation.
Guided by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) handbook published for this purpose, the committee members learned about the effects of homophobia on GLBT people through a series of workshops, panel discussions, and sensitivity exercises over a period of approximately 18 months.
Also during this period we sponsored a panel whose members explained what effect their sexual orientation had on their lives and how a child's sexual orientation affected a parent.
Our minister at the time, Reverend Bonnie Vegiard, facilitated two discussions for the congregation which explored the religious roots of homophobia.
On November 5, 2000, the members of the Mattatuck Unitarian Universalist Society unanimously supported by our Board of Trustees, voted overwhelmingly to become a Welcoming Congregation.